Danubio F.C.

Danubio Fútbol Club is a Uruguayan association football club based in Montevideo.

Full nameDanubio Fútbol Club
Nickname(s)La Franja
Los de la Curva
La Universidad del Fútbol Uruguayo
Founded1 March 1932; 89 years ago (1932-03-01)
GroundJardines del Hipódromo
María Mincheff de Lazaroff
Montevideo, Uruguay
ChairmanJorge Lorenzo
ManagerLeonardo Ramos
LeagueSegunda División
2019Primera División, 12th
WebsiteClub website


Danubio was founded by the Bulgarian-born brothers Mihail (Miguel) and Ivan (Juan) Lazaroff on 1 March 1932 together with other youths from the "Republica de Nicaragua" school in Montevideo.[1] The club's name is a reference to the Danube river, the second-longest river in Europe. It was proposed by Mihail and Ivan's mother, María Mincheff de Lazaroff. Initially, she suggested the club be named after a different river in Bulgaria – Maritsa. However, the proposal was not approved, as the name was viewed as too feminine.[2][3]

Famous players from the club include Álvaro Recoba, Ruben Sosa, Marcelo Zalayeta, Rubén Olivera, Rubén "Polillita" Da Silva, Javier Chevantón, Fabián Carini, Richard Núñez, Walter Gargano, Carlos Grossmuller, Ignacio María González, Edinson Cavani, Cristhian Stuani, Jose Gimenez, and Camilo Mayada, while Nery Castillo and Diego Forlán played for the youth team before continuing their careers abroad.

Danubio won their fourth Uruguayan league in 2013–14 champions of Uruguay after defeating Montevideo Wanderers on penalties after 120 minutes of football in the third final that finished 2-2 with a last minute bicycle kick equalizer from Camilo Mayada, previously they won their third league in 2006–07 champions of Uruguay after defeating Peñarol 4–1 in December 2006 to claim the Apertura with a very young Edinson Cavani scoring the last goal and then again defeating Peñarol on penalties to claim the 2007 Clausura. Danubio previously won the Uruguayan title in 2004 after defeating Nacional in the last kick of the game with a back heel goal scored by Diego Perrone and in 1988 with a fantastic young squad that included Ruben Polillita Da Silva who scored 30 goals on that season.[4]

Colours and badgeEdit

The club decided in 1932 to take Montevideo Wanderers' kit and colours (black and white) as homage to them being the last amateur champion of Uruguay in 1931. Later when entering a zonal league they planned to alter the kit design as Universal Ramírez used the same pattern. The current design was inspired by the red sash over the white kit worn by River Plate, but with the sash in black. This design remains today. The accompanying shorts are typically black (although some seasons they have been white), whilst the accompanying socks are white. In the 2005–06 season, the club wore an unusual green shirt with a white sash as their third kit to play against teams similar in colours (such as Miramar Misiones and Wanderers). In 2007, green was reintroduced in a match against Saprissa of Costa Rica. As of late 2007, it was decided to discontinue use of the green shirt, due to the repetitive defeats against Wanderers and Miramar leading to it being considered a cursed shirt. Red is now used for the third kit. Red and green colors come as alternative colors to the team since Bulgaria's national flag consists of white, green and red.

In late 2019, Danubio introduced a third kit, which pays tribute to the club's Bulgarian roots. The kit's red shirt included white and green horizontal stripes across the chest and sleeves, embodying the Bulgarian tricolour. Further detail, such as a verse of Bulgaria's anthem was also inscribed.[5]


Danubio play their home matches at the Jardines del Hipódromo María Mincheff de Lazaroff Stadium. The venue was opened in 1957 and has a capacity of 18,000 people. In 2017, the club's members voted on a new stadium name, the winning option was María Mincheff de Lazaroff, paying tribute to the mother of the founders of Danubio, Mihail 'Miguel' and Ivan 'Juan' Lazaroff. This became the first football stadium in Uruguay to be named after a woman.[6]

Current squadEdit

As of 21 March 2021

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   URU Salvador Ichazo
3 DF   URU Lucas Monzón
4 MF   URU José Luis Rodríguez
5 MF   URU Pablo Siles
6 DF   URU Leandro Sosa
7 FW   URU Nicolás Siri
8 MF   URU Maximiliano Rodríguez
9 FW   ARG Martín Comachi
10 MF   URU Santiago Mederos
11 MF   URU Facundo Silvera
12 GK   URU Emiliano Bermúdez
14 FW   URU Facundo Labandeira
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   URU Sergio Rodríguez
16 DF   URU Matías Jones
18 DF   URU Cristian González
19 FW   URU Santiago Paiva
20 DF   URU Mateo Ponte
21 DF   URU Santiago Carrera
22 FW   ARG Emanuel Mercado
24 FW   URU Leandro Rodríguez
25 MF   ARG Matías Fritzler
27 MF   URU Javier Méndez
28 DF   URU Mauricio Victorino
30 DF   COL Carlos Romaña

Other players under contractEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   URU Luca Giossa
FW   URU Matías Deorta
DF   URU Fredy Martínez
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   URU Enzo Siri
MF   URU Leandro Onetto

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   URU Gonzalo Montes (at Querétaro until 30 June 2021)
MF   URU Denis Olivera (at Peñarol until 31 December 2021)


1988, 2004, 2006–07, 2013–14
1947, 1960, 1970

Performance in CONMEBOL competitionsEdit

1978: First Round
1984: First Round
1989: Semi-finals
2005: First Round
2007: Preliminary Round
2008: First Round
2015: First Round
2002: First Round
2003: Preliminary Round
2004: Preliminary Round
2005: First Round
2007: First Round
2012: First Round
1992: First Round
1993: First Round
1994: First Round
1997: Quarter-finals


  1. ^ "Danubio's river of talent". FIFA. 23 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2009.
  2. ^ "„Данубио" никога няма да забрави българските си корени". btvnovinite.bg (in Bulgarian). bTV Media Group. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  3. ^ Shumanov, Metodi (6 December 2019). "Danubio will never forget its Bulgarian roots". tfmethods.com. The Football Methods. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  4. ^ Homewood, Brian (18 May 2007). "Soccer-Modest Danubio win Uruguayan championship". Reuters. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Camiseta homenaje a Bulgaria". danubio.org.uy (in Spanish). Danubio Fútbol Club. Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Jardines del Hipódromo María Mincheff de Lazaroff". danubio.org.uy (in Spanish). Danubio Fútbol Club. Retrieved 27 October 2020.

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